With generators slated to retire, Becker looks to diversify economy

With generators slated to retire, Becker looks to diversify economy Photo: KSTP

February 02, 2019 10:04 AM

A central Minnesota city that is home to the largest coal-fired plant in the Upper Midwest is looking to diversify its economy as Xcel Energy plans to retire most of the plant's generators over the next seven years.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the Minneapolis-based utility recently announced plans to replace two of the three Sherburne County Generating Station generators with a smaller natural gas plant.


Xcel Energy aims to eliminate all its carbon emissions from electric power by 2050.

The move has led the city of Becker to imagine a future without the fossil fuel. Becker officials are looking to bring in new businesses so the community can thrive without the plant's coal units.

Xcel Energy has customers in eight states, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota.

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